2021 Festival: "How I Got Here" theme

Bathurst locals: share your stories at the 2021 Bathurst Storytelling Festival. The theme of the festival will be "How I Got Here".

Festival events are planned from Friday March 19 to Sunday March 21 (Harmony Day). A storytelling competition will be announced soon.

If you have any ideas or thoughts about the 2021 festival, please get in touch via the form below...

Festival Facebook page: @BathurstStorytelling.

2019 Festival highlight: Wiradyuri stories

Wiradyuri Elders Mallyan (Uncle Brian Grant) and Werribee (Aunty Leanna Carr-Smith) talk to Charles Sturt Uni's Jock Cheetham and the audience about how story transmits culture in March 2019.

2020 Festival online: here's what happened

Bathurst locals share their stories of "How I Got Here", featuring the finalists in the storytelling competition.

Next up is the forum discussion on social connection with audience, Kara King and Jock Cheetham.

"Connection" photography competition winners announced

The winners are:

1st Prize $250
Photo No. 5 of father and child (above) by Grace.

2nd Prize $100
Photo No. 7: connected to the earth is the innocent child (below) by Jess.

See these photos and the other awesome photo entries at the photo comp page here.

"How I Got here" story winner announced

The winner of the 2020 festival competition on the theme of "How I Got Here" is Thamilnila.

Please see her entry, the other place-getters and the long list at the writing comp page here.

The equal second-place getters Sally Rummery and Ingrid Pearson below ($75 each).

"life at home: bathurst" festival workshop

Here's a photo from the 2020 "Life At Home" storytelling competition which invited Bathurst locals to share their COVID 19 experiences.

The photo entry above is by Miao Li and titled "Let's be honest".

Community-University Partnership      

Thank you for funding support for the Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival in March 2020 from Charles Sturt University.

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Thank you for funding support for the Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival in March 2020 from Bathurst Regional Council.


The Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival in 2019 and 2020 honour the memory of Neroli Colvin.

Neroli’s PhD was on cultural diversity in regional education and she started working on this festival when we first visited Bathurst.

The festival is possible because of donations kindly made towards Neroli’s legacy.


Here's Neroli's obituary from The Sydney Morning Herald.


Neroli Colvin photo colour